Barolo, Santo Stefano, 2011

  Giuseppe Mascarello

Bigger-framed than the Villero. Layered, intense, corpulent, dark-fruited, earthy and mineral. This leaves the mouth sweet and has a certain pliability and openness other vintages do not - very much a feature of 2011. Mightily impressive. A clay limestone vineyard facing west-south-west, that produces Giuseppe Mascarello's fullest and most structured wines. Aged for 36 months in large Slavonian oak casks.

Contains Sulphites.

About Giuseppe Mascarello

Giuseppe Mascarello is truly one of the great wines estates in the world. Their fabulous vineyard holdings, above all a sizeable 6.25ha of the legendary Monprivato vineyard, and a gentle, traditional approach to making wine result in some of the most ethereal, distinctive and sought-after wines in the world. The Mascarello family have been running their estate since the late 1800s. In 1980 current owner Mauro Mascarello took over from his father and has since seen the estate’s stock rise considerably amongst wine lovers globally and with his son Giuseppe and daughter Elena now alongside him, the domaine’s future looks bright. The wines are fermented with wild yeasts and are aged in large old wooden casks for several years before bottling without filtration.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.